Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Adults older than 45 years: The safety and efficacy of this medication have not been established for adults over 45 years of age.
Bleeding disorders: If you have any bleeding problems (such as hemophilia) or are taking blood thinners such as warfarin, tell your doctor before receiving this medication.
Fever: A doctor may decide to delay this vaccine if the person receiving the vaccine has an acute infection or fever.
Health exams: You will still need to have regular health exams after having the vaccine, including Pap tests, HPV DNA tests, or other tests as recommended by your doctor.
Immune system: People with weakened immune systems (e.g., those with cancer, HIV, or taking immunosuppressive therapy) may not get the full benefits of the vaccine.
Vaccine protection: This vaccine protects only against certain types of HPV and, as with other vaccines, may not provide 100% protection for everyone who receives the vaccine. The HPV vaccine should not be used for treatment of active genital warts or cervical and vaginal cancers. It does not prevent any other STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV. Condoms should still be used to prevent STIs even after you have received the vaccine.
Pregnancy: This medication is not recommended during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if HPV passes into breast milk. However, this vaccine may be given to women who are breast-feeding or are planning to breast-feed.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children less than 9 years of age.